Is Steph Curry a good role model? From a dental standpoint, yes!

My seven year old son asked for a mouthguard for basketball because he saw his idol, NBA star, Steph Curry, on the court wearing one.  Little did my son know how important mouthguards really are!

Protecting Kids’ Teeth

During sports, mouthguards are vital for protecting your oral health.  According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard! Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost your two front teeth.  Smiling, talking, eating – they would all be affected! Wearing a mouthguard not only protects your teeth, but also keeps your gums, lips and tongue safe from sudden blows to your mouth.

Mouthguards are an essential part of sports gear, certainly for collision and contact sports, but also for recreational sports.  The US Centers for Disease Control reports that sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year!  If your child is participating in sports and they have braces, a mouthguard is especially important to keep their brackets and other fixed orthodontics in place as well as protect soft tissue from any contact with their braces.

How Do Mouthguards Work?

The best mouthguard is one that is custom made by your dentist as it can be expertly fit to your mouth. Custom mouthguards are made from exact and precise models of an individual’s own teeth; are made of resilient and tear resistant materials ensuring a proper fit; are comfortable, easy to clean, and do not restrict breathing. Boil and bite and stock mouthguards are also available, but can vary greatly in fit and feel. Don’t hesitate to ask our office any questions you might have about the right choice for your athlete.

How to Care For a Mouthguard

Take care of your mouthguard by rinsing it before and after each use or brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.  Always store it in a vented container to allow it to dry and to not encourage bacterial growth. Regularly clean it in cool, soapy water, rinsing well and always check for wear and tear. And, don’t forget to bring it along to your next dental appointment and I can check it for the fit!